*MAJOR UPDATE IN PROGRESS* I’m revising this entire website, including LGBTQ+ Literature and Film. Thank you for understanding.

LGBTQ+ Visual Artists

Introduction

LGBTQ+ artists have made defining contributions to painting, sculpture, architecture, design, and photography, as you can see on this page honoring their diverse achievements.

In 2007, I added dozens of new entries, artists’ full birth/death dates and nationalities, plus additional photos. This list began as a background resource for a series of museum outings.

James M. Saslow’s Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts is an outstanding survey of LGBTQ+ art, and social life, from antiquity to the present. Here are works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art referred to in the book:

  • Riza-i Abbasi, Two Lovers(Met # 50.164 – Saslow colorplate 12)
  • Hegesiboulos Painter, Symposium Scene (Met # 07.286.47 – Saslow illustration 1.9)
  • RomanWarren Cup (Met # L.1991.95 – Saslow illustration 1.24)
  • Caravaggio, Musicians (Met # 52.81 – Saslow illustration 3.17)
  • Pompeo Batoni, Portrait of a Young Man (Met # 03.37.1 – Saslow illustration 5.4)
  • Rosa Bonheur, Horse Fair (Met # 87.25 – Saslow illustration 5.10)
  • Picasso, Gertrude Stein (Met # 47.106 – Saslow illustration 6.2)

* More LGBTQ+ Arts Resources: LGBTQ+ Film, LGBTQ+ Composers, LGBTQ+ Literature, essay “Why a LGBTQ+ Focus?”

PLEASE NOTE: All photos are solely for non-profit, educational use.

Renaissance & Baroque

  • Botticelli, Sandro (3/1/1445 – 5/17/1510 / Italy) – painter
  • Il Bronzino [Agnolo, or Agniolo, Di Cosimo] (1502 – 1572 / Italy) – painter
  • Caravaggio [Michelangelo Merisi] (9/29/1571 – 7/18/1610) – painter
  • Cellini, Benvenuto (11/3/1500 – 2/13/1571 / Italy) – sculptor, jeweler
  • Correggio [Antonio Allegri] (8/1489 – 3/5/1534 / Italy) – painter
  • Donatello [Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi] (1386 – 12/13/1466 / Italy) – sculptor
  • Duquesnoy, Jérôme [Hieronymus] (7/6/1602 – 1024/1654 / Flanders) – sculptor
  • Dürer, Albrecht (5/21/1471 – 4/6/1528 / Germany) – painter
  • El Greco [Domenikos Theotokopoulos] (1541? – 4/7/1614 / Spain) – painter
  • Guercino [Giovanni Francesco Barbieri] (2/3/1591 — 12/9/1666 / Italy) – painter
  • Leonardo da Vinci (4/15/1452 – 5/2/1519 / Italy) – painter, architect, inventor
  • Michelangelo [Michelangelo Buonarroti] (3/6/1475 – 2/18/1564 / Italy) – painter, sculptor, architect, poet
  • Parmigianino [Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, or Mazzuoli] (1/11/1503 – 8/24/1540 / Italy) – painter
  • Pontormo [Jacopo Carucci, also Jacopo da Potormo] (5/24/1494 – 1/2/1557) / Italy) – painter
  • Raphael [Raffaello Sanzio] (4/6/1483 – 4/6/1520 / Italy) – painter
  • Reni, Guido (11/4/1575 – 8/18/1642 / Italy) – painter
  • Il Sodoma [Giovanni Antonio Bazzi] (1477 – 2/14/1549? / Italy) – painter
  • Titian [Tiziano Vecellio] (ca. 1485–90 – 8/27/1576 / Italy) – painter
  • van Dyck, Anthony (3/22/1599 – 12/9/1641 / Flanders) – painter

1700–1900

  • Abbéma, Louise (10/30/1858 – 1927* / France) – sculptor, painter
  • Allston, Washington (11/5/1779 – 7/9/1843 / US) – painter, novelist
  • Bakst, Leon (4/10/1866 – 12/28/1924 / Russia) – painter
  • Bazille, Jean-Frédéric (12/6/1841 – 11/28/1870 / France) – painter
  • Beardsley, Aubrey (8/21/1872 – 3/16/1898 / UK) – illustrator, author
  • Blake, William (11/28/1757 – 8/12/1827 / UK) – painter, poet
  • Bonheur, Rosa [Marie-Rosalie] (3/16/1822 – 5/25/1899 / France) – painter, photographer
  • Carlyle, Florence (1864 – 1923* / Canada) – painter
  • Conder, Charles (10/24/1868 – 2/9/1909 / Australia) – painter
  • Damer, Anne (1748 – 1828*) – sculptor
  • David, Jacques–Louis (8/30/1748 – 12/29/1825 / France) – painter
  • Day, F. Holland (7/8/1864 – 11/12/1933 / US) – photographer, publisher
  • Degas, Edgar (7/19/1834 – 9/27/1917 / France) – painter, sculptor
  • Delacroix, Eugène (4/26/1798 – 8/13/1863 / France) – painter
  • Eakins, Thomas (7/25/1844 – 6/25/1916 / US) – painter
  • Filiger, Charles (11/28/1863 – 1/11/1928 / France) – painter
  • Flandrin, Jean-Hippolyte (3/23/1809 – 3/21/1864 / France) – painter
  • Fontaine, Pierre François Léonard (9/20/1762 – 10/10/1853 / France) – architect, interior designer
  • Fuseli, Henry [born Johann Heinrich Füssli] (2/7/1741 – 4/16/1825 / Switzerland/UK) – painter
  • Galdi, Vincenzo (1856 – ca. 1931 / Italy) – photographer
  • Gaugin, [Eugène Henri] Paul (6/8/1848 – 5/9/1903 / France) – painter
  • Gay, Emma Jane (1830 – 1919* / US) – photographer
  • Géricault, Théodore (9/26/1791 – 1/26/1824 / France) – painter
  • Girodet [Anne–Louis Girodet–Trioson] (1/5/1767 – 12/9/1824 / France) – painter
  • Gloeden, Wilhelm von (9/16/1856 – 2/16/1931) / Germany) – photographer
  • Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue (10/9/1830 – 2/21/1908 / US) – sculptor
  • Hunt, William Holman (4/2/1827 – 9/7/1910 / UK) – painter
  • Johnston, Frances Benjamin (1/15/1864 – 3/16/1952 / US) – photographer
  • Klumpke, Anna Elizabeth (10/28/1856 – 1942* / US) – painter
  • Lear, Edward (5/12/1812 – 1/29/1888 / UK) – painter, illustrator, poet
  • Leighton, Lord Frederic [1st Baron Leighton] (12/3/1830 – 1/25/1896 / UK) – painter
  • McKenzie, Robert Tait (1867 – 1938* / Canada) – sculptor, surgeon
  • Moreau, Gustave (4/6/1826 – 4/18/1898 / France) – painter
  • Morrice, James Wilson (8/10/1865 – 1/23/1924 / Canada) – painter [same-sex orientation disputed by a Morrice scholar]
  • Percier, Charles (8/22/1764– 9/5/1838 / France) – architect, interior designer
  • Plüschow, Wilhelm [Guglielmo] (8/18/1852 – 1/3/1930 / Germany/Italy) – photographer
  • Prendergast, Maurice Brazil (0/27/1861 – 2/1/1924 / US) – painter
  • Ricketts, Charles De Sousy (1866 – 1931* / UK) – painter, book designer
  • Rodin, Auguste (François-Auguste-René) (11/12/1840 – 11/17/1917 / France) – sculptor
  • Sargent, John Singer (1/12/1856 – 4/14/1925 / US) – painter
  • Schwind, Moritz von (1/21/1804 – 2/8/1871 / Austria) – painter
  • Shannon, Charles Hazelwood (4/26/1865 – 1937*) – painter, lithographer
  • Solomon, Simeon (10/9/1840 – 8/14/1905 / UK) – painter
  • Stebbins, Emma (9/1/1815 – 1882* / US) – sculptor, painter
  • Sullivan, Louis (9/3/1856 – 4/14/1924 / US) – architect
  • Tuke, Henry Scott (6/12/1858 – 3/13/1929 / UK) – painter
  • Walker, Dame Ethel (1861 – 1951* / UK) – painter
  • Watson, Edith S. (1861 – 1943* / Canada) – photographer
  • Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (7/14/1834 – 7/17/1903 / US) – painter
  • Whitney, Anne (9/2/1821 – 1/23/1915 / US) – sculptor
  • Willson, Mary Ann (active 1810/1825) – painter [my Mary Ann Willson page]

Modern

  • Abbott, Berenice (7/17/1898 – 12/9/1991 / US) – photographer
  • Bacon, Francis (10/28/1909 – 4/28/1992 / UK) – painter
  • Barthé, James Richmond (1/28/1901 – 3/5/1989 / US) – sculptor
  • Beaton, Cecil (1/14/1904 – 1/28/1980 / UK) – photographer, theatrical designer
  • Bechdel, Allison (9/10/1960 – / US) – graphic artist, author
  • Berners, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt–Wilson, Baron (9/18/1883 – 4/19/1950 / UK)
  • Bernhard, Ruth (10/14/1905 – / Germany) – photographer
  • Bess, Forrest (10/5/1911 – 11/11/1977 / US) – painter
  • Blake, Nayland (2/5/1960 – / US) – painter
  • Boccioni, Umberto (10/19/1882 – 8/16/1916 / Italy) – painter, sculptor
  • Breker, Arno (7/19/1900 – 2/13/1991 / Germany) – sculptor
  • Brooks, Romaine (5/1/1874 – 12/7/1970 / US/France) – painter
  • Caballero, Luis (8/27/1943 – 6/19/1996 / Colombia) – painter
  • Cadmus, Paul (12/17/1904 – 12/12/1999 / US) – painter
  • Cahun, Claude [Lucy Schwob] (10/25/1894 – 12/8/1954 / France) – photographer
  • Carrington, Dora (3/29/1893 – 3/11/1932 / UK) – painter
  • Cocteau, Jean (7/5/1889 – 10/11/1963 / France) – visual artist, filmmaker, dramatist, novelist, poet
  • Cooling, Janet (10/14/1951 – / US) – painter
  • Dalí, Salvador [Salvador Felip Jacint Dalí Domènech] (5/11/1904 – 1/23/1989 / Catalonia/Spain) – painter
  • Delville, Jean (1/19/1867 – 1953* / Belgium) – painter
  • Demuth, Charles (11/9/1883 – 10/23/1935 / US) – painter
  • Dobell, Sir William (9/24/1899 – 5/13/1970 / Australia) – painter
  • Duchamp, Marcel (7/28/1887 – 10/2/1968 / France) – painter
  • Erté [Romain de Tirtoff] (11/23/1892 – 4/21/1990 / France) – painter
  • Fani-Kayode, Rotimi (1955* – 12/21/1989 / Nigeria) – photographer
  • Fini, Léonor (1907 – 1996* / Argentina/Italy) – painter
  • French, Jared (2/4/1905 – 1988* / US) – painter, photographer
  • Friend, Donald (2/6/1915 – 8/17/1989 / Australia) – painter
  • Freund, Gisèle (11/19/1908 – 3/31/2000 / Germany) – photographer
  • Gilpin, Laura (4/22/1891 – 11/30/1979 / US) – photographer
  • Grant, Duncan (1/21/1885 – 5/9/1978 / UK) – painter
  • Gray, Eileen (8/9/1878 – 10/31/1976 / UK) – architect, furniture designer
  • Haring, Keith (5/4/1958 – 2/16/1990 / US) – painter
  • Hartley, Marsden (1/4/1877 – 9/2/1943 / US)) – painter, poet
  • Höch, Hannah (11/1/1889 – 5/31/1978 / Germany) – photographer
  • Hockney, David (7/9/1937– / UK) – painter, theatrical designer
  • Israel, Frank (1945 – 1995* / US) – architect
  • Jarman, Derek (1/31/1942 – 2/19/1994 / UK) – painter, filmmaker, author [my Derek Jarman Website]
  • Johns, Jasper (5/15/1930 – / US) – painter
  • Johnson, Philip (7/8/1906 – 1/25/2005 / US) – architect
  • Johnston, Frances Bejamin (1864 – 1952* / US) – photographer
  • Kahlo, Frida (7/6/1907 – 7/13/1954 / Mexico) – painter
  • Laurençin, Marie (10/31/1883 – 6/8/1956 / France) – painter, theatre designer
  • Leyendecker, J.C. (Joseph Christian) (3/23/1874 – 7/25/1951 / US) – commercial artist
  • List, Herbert (10/7/1903 – 4/4/1975 / Germany) – photographer
  • Loring, Frances (1887 – 1968* / Canada) – painter
  • Lynes, George Platt (4/15/1907 – 12/6/1955 / US) – photographer
  • Mars, Ethel (9/19/1876 – 1956 / US) – painter, illustrator
  • Mather, Margarethe (ca. 1885 – 1952* / US) – photographer
  • Mammen, Jeanne (1890 – 1976* / Germany) – painter
  • Mapplethorpe, Robert (11/4/1946 – 3/9/1989 / US) – photographer
  • Martin, Agnes (3/22/1912 – 12/16/2004 / Canada) – painter
  • Morgan, Julia (1/20/1872 – 2/2/1957 / US) – architect
  • Nevelson, Louise (9/23/1900 – 4/17/1988 / US) – sculptor
  • Nugent, Richard Bruce (7/2/1906 – 5/27/1987 / US) – visual artist, author
  • O’Keeffe, Georgia (11/15/1887 – 3/6/1986 / US) – painter
  • Pollock, Jackson (1/28/1912 – 8/11/1956 / US) – painter
  • Procktor, Patrick (3/12/1936 – / UK) – painter
  • Rauschenberg, Robert (10/22/1925 – / US) – painter, sculptor
  • Ritts, Herb (8/13/1952 – 12/26/2002 / US ) – photographer
  • Rudolph, Paul (10/23/1918 – 8/8/1977 / US) – architect
  • Scavullo, Franceso (1/16/1921 – 1/6/2004 / US) – photographer
  • Sipprell, Clara (1885 – 1975* / Canada) – photographer
  • Squire, Maud Hunt (1/30/1873 – 1955* / US) – painter, illustrator
  • Tooker, George (8/5/1920 – / US) – painter
  • Tsarouchis, Yannis (1/13/1910 – 7/20/1989 / Greece) – painter
  • Twombly, Cy (4/25/1928 – / US) – painter
  • Vaughan, Keith (8/23/1912 – 11/4/1977 / UK) – painter
  • Warhol, Andy (8/6/1928? – 2/22/1987 / US) – painter, filmmaker
  • Watson, Edith (1861 – 1943* / Canada) – photographer
  • Weber, Bruce (3/29/1946 – / US) – photographer, filmmaker
  • Weston, Edward (3/24/1886 – 1/1/1958 / US) – photographer
  • White, Minor (7/9/1908 – 6/24/1976 / US) – photographer
  • Wojnarowicz, David (9/14/1954 – 7/22/1992) – painter, photographer
  • Wood, Thelma Ellen (7/3/1901 – 12/10/1970 / US) – silverpoint drawing
  • Wyle, Florence (1881 – 1968* / Canada) – painter
  • Zenil, Nahum B. (1947* – / Mexico) – painter

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Visual Arts Resources for All World Cultures

Updated September 2020 — for Arts background articles (individual artists; types of art: painting, photography, architecture; national traditions; movements & more), SEE glbtqarchive.com Arts Encyclopedia (articles download as PDFs)

Following are Art-related topics at the glbtq archive. Also see glbtq archive’s many articles on individual artists. PLEASE NOTE that articles download as PDFs.

Art: American (African-American, Canadian, Latin American, Native American, U.S.)

  • African-American and African Diaspora Art
  • American Art: Gay Male, Nineteenth Century
  • American Art: Gay Male, 1900-1969
  • American Art: Gay Male, Post-Stonewall
  • American Art: Lesbian, Nineteenth Century
  • American Art: Lesbian, 1900-1969
  • American Art: Lesbian, Post-Stonewall
  • Canadian Art
  • Latin American Art
  • Latina/Latino American Art
  • Native American Art

Art: European (Ancient to Modern)

  • Classical Art (ancient Greece & Rome)
  • European Art: Medieval
  • European Art: Renaissance
  • European Art: Mannerism
  • European Art: Baroque
  • European Art: Eighteenth Century
  • European Art: Neoclassicism
  • European Art: Nineteenth Century
  • European Art: Twentieth Century

Art: International (African, Australian, Eastern, Middle-Eastern, Pacific)

  • African Art: Traditional
  • African Art: Contemporary
  • Australian Art
  • Indian Art
  • Islamic Art
  • Japanese Art
  • New Zealand Art
  • Pacific Art

Artistic Movements & General Topics

  • AIDS Activism in the Arts
  • Arts and Crafts Movement
  • Censorship in the Arts
  • Comic Strips and Cartoons
  • Contemporary Art
  • Performance Art
  • Pop Art
  • Pulp Paperbacks and Their Covers
  • Salons
  • Surrealism
  • Symbolists
  • Symbols
  • Tattoos
  • Video Art

Photography

  • Photography: Gay Male, Pre-Stonewall
  • Photography: Gay Male, Post-Stonewall
  • Photography: Lesbian, Pre-Stonewall
  • Photography: Lesbian, Post-Stonewall

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Museum Outings

Here are the informal museum outings (in more senses than one), referenced above, which Reading Group members and our friends have gone on:

Begun 1997 / Revised September 12, 2020

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